Tony Award Predictions 2008

The Tony awards take place this Sunday evening. By my estimation, the biggest winner will be “August: Osage County” (with Deanna Dunagan, pictured) with six awards, followed by “South Pacific” with four and “Gypsy” with three. Here are my predictions:

1) Best Play: “August: Osage County” No “potential upset” needed

2) Best Musical: “Passing Strange” Likely Upset: “In the Heights”

3) Best Revival of a Play: “Boeing/Boeing Possible Upset: “Macbeth”

4) Best Revival of a Musical: “South Pacific: Possible Upset: “Gypsy”

5) Best Book of Musical: “Xanadu” Likely Upset: “In the Heights”

6) Best Original Score: “In the Heights” Possible Upset: “Passing Strange”

7) Leading Actor in a Play: Mark Rylance Possible Upset: Patrick Stewart

8) Leading Actress in a Play: Deanna Dunagan Possible Tie with Amy Morton

9) Leading Actor in a Musical: Paulo Szot Possible Upset: Lin-Manuel Miranda

10) Leading Actress in a Musical: Patti LuPone Possible Upset: Kelli O’Hara

11) Featured Actor in a Play: Raul Esparza Possible Upset: Jim Norton

12) Features Actress in a Play: Rondi Reed Possible Upset: Mary McCormack

13) Featured Actor in a Musical: Boyd Gaines Likely Upset: Danny Burstein

14) Featured Actress in a Musical: Laura Benanti Hoped-for Upset: Loretta Ables Sayre

15) Best Direction of a Play: Anna D. Shapiro There will be no upset!

16) Best Direction of a Musical: Bartlett Sher Possible Upset: Arthur Laurents

17) Best Choreography: Rob Ashford There will be no upset!

18) Best Orchestrations: Stew and Heidi Rodewald Possible Upset: Alex Lacamoire

19) Best Scenic Design of a Play: Todd Rosenthal There will be no upset!

20) Best Scenic Design of a Musical: David Farley et al Possible Upset: Michael Yeargan

21) Best Costume Design of a Play: Katrina Lindsay No upset here!

22) Best Costume Design of a Musical: David Farley Likely Upset: Catherine Zuber

23) Best Lighting Design of a Play: Ann G. Wrightson Possible Upset: Donald Holder

24) Best Lighting Design of a Musical: Ken Billington Possible Upset Donald Holder

25) Best Sound Design of a Play: Adam Cork Likely Upset: Simon Baker

26) Best Sound Design of a Musical: Scott Lehrer Possible Upset: Acme Sound Partners

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